e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette Review

9 Jul

I have been on the fence about e.l.f. for a while because some of their face products and brushes are really nice, but their eyeshadows are usually terrible. When they released their baked eyeshadow palettes, I decided to give em a try. For $10 (or $5 with a coupon), how bad could it be?

I bought mine in the color “California,” which has more warm neutrals than “NYC.” The website’s description states that:

Each Baked Palette features 10 gorgeous baked eyeshadows so you can achieve a flawless look whenever, wherever. The silky and blendable formula of our Baked Eyeshadow provides smooth and even application with each sweep of color. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting and shimmering color can be worn wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation, offering a variety of gorgeous eye looks!

Sounds too good to be true? It is. Swatches below!

No flash, swatched left to right DOWN my arm (beginning with “dry” and “wet”):

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With flash:

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The wet swatches might not look so bad, but this was after 2-4 heavy swipes with a brush (same for the dry swatches…hard to believe, I know). If you’re willing to pack on this much color wet, this palette might be right up your alley, but I bought this to have a good, pigmented neutrals palette on hand for everyday looks, and I don’t want to take the time to wet my brush between colors when I’m half asleep on Monday mornings.

Color-wise, I was disappointed. The only halfway decent color was the second coppery shadow (second to last in the swatches), and it only really appeared when swatched wet. What appeared to be a gorgeous berry shadow (last) swatched patchy and awful. The silver was also quite pretty, but again it needed to be applied wet and built up quite a bit. The lighter colors were just awful, unpigmented and with tons of chunky silver glitter.

This palette is completely useless when applied dry, so if you’re not willing to take the time to apply shadows wet, don’t buy this product. They can be very pretty if you do use them wet, but they need to be built up and they absolutely need a base or they’ll fade very quickly. As per usual with e.l.f. shadows, they don’t blend very well. Usually I’d chalk this up to “you get what you pay for,” but this palette isn’t worth $10.

The bottom line: Don’t waste your money. You can find good quality dupes or substitutes for these colors elsewhere. If you’re looking for a good neutrals palette from e.l.f, I’d recommend their Studio 144-Piece Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in “Neutral.” It has a few dupes for the coppery shadow that are incredibly pigmented. If you have your heart set on this palette, you can buy it here.

Should I review more e.l.f. products? I promise they won’t all be as negative as this one 🙂

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